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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I had read about Greek yogurt before and Friday I found some at Harris Teeter and I thought I might try some.  For those of you who have read "French Women Don't Get Fat", Mirelle mentions falling in love with yogurt when she was in Greece, then talks about eating plain yogurt as a snack.  She doesn't mention that she has continued to eat Greek yogurt, but I think maybe she has. 
 
I always thought that plain yogurt was a bit extreme.  I've tried plain yogurt before and, to me, it's just too sour to tolerate plain.  Even the full fat version, with creme on top, was too sour and repellant. 
 
Anyways, I got some Greek plain yogurt because I was planning on using it on some Indian food I was making to cool it down (so sweetness isn't needed).  I tasted it before I used it to see if I noticed a difference between it and your standard, American-grocery store variety of yogurt.  Boy, was there ever a difference!
 
Greek yogurt isn't sour at all!  There's a bit of a yogurt-y taste to it, but for the most part it's rather bland.  Reminds me of eating ricotta cheese.  If you wish you were eating more yogurt, but can't really stand the taste of it, or if you are diabetic and can't eat the yogurts full of sugars (I am pretty sure this didn't have any added), you might try Greek yogurt.  I think Greek yogurt is made from goat's milk, although it doesn't say that on the container.  That might account for the difference in taste though.  If it is indeed made from goat's milk, that makes it even better for people who are lactose intolerant, as goat's milk has less lactose in it than cow's milk, and yogurt bacterias consume a lot of the lactose anyways.
 
Stoneyfield also has a line of soy yogurts out too, for those who are lactose-intolerant to the point they can't do regular yogurt. 

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.***eusa.com/products.html

This is the yogurt that I got. I was wrong: they do make theirs with cow's milk. Strange how they make theirs taste so much better than everything else I have tasted in yogurt before.

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, good grief morality sensors!

Replace those three asteriks that the net-nanny software bleeped out with a three-lettered word for a cigarette in Britain (or a deragotory word for a gay person--thus why it bleeped it out).

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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Being married to a Greek, I've been a big fan of their yogurt for years!  I would probably eat it every day as a dessert treat if it didn't bind me up so badly!  It's completely different from your grocery store version of yogurt.  My favorite is the Trader Joe's brand.  It's creamy, sweet, and delicious!

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/13/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I could see myself eating that with a tiny bit of fruit (can't do too much of that, you know) on a more regular basis. My guts seem to do best when I am eating yogurt, but at the same time, I get tired of it pretty easily and I just don't care for that sour taste too much. I think I'll either try it for breakfast next week or for dessert.

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   Posted 8/13/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I always thought Greek yogurt was extremely high in fat. I see it in my grocery all the time, but have never tried it. Oh boy - something new (I love yogurt).
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/13/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
That greek yogurt I got comes in different levels, like milk (skim, 2%, whole). I got the 2%, although I'm not adverse to whole yogurt. Dairy fat doesn't bother me the way trans fats--like from commercially-fried foods--does. If you can stomach it, the higher the fat somthing is, the faster it fills you up. They are pretty sure that's why French people are, on average, smaller than Americans--they eat more fat, but are content with fewer calories overall. Also, they eat a LOT less sugar, which is why it's good to switch to eating a yogurt without sugar in it, even fake sugar. Some people think that just tasting sugar makes you want it more, so you eat more--like some sort of addiction. At least that's the theory behind the new study that found that people who drank diet drinks tended to weigh the same as a non-diet drink drinker, despite the supposed caloric difference. Whoops! French people are supposed to consuming something like 5 pounds of sugar a year where Americans consume 80-120 pounds a year (depending on who you read). Of course, they also walk a lot, have never heard of an elevator, and take about 3 more weeks a year in vacation time than your average American, all of which could contribute to that thinness thing.

I wonder if all of us on this board worked just 32 hours a week and got 5 weeks of vacation every year off, including all of August, if we'd have less IBS? Who wants to move to France and be our guinea pig? LOL.

starrnr
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   Posted 8/13/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll have to look to see if what we have here comes in different 'fat' levels. Sounds like a great alternative to the natural yogurt I eat. I'm pretty much sugar & gluten free, so maybe adding a bit more fat into my diet won't hurt.

Your last couple of sentences had me laughing -- oh if it were only that easy, eh? LOL
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   Posted 8/13/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Man, sounds like I'll have to try some of this stuff.  Sounds yummy.  And I've been having my watery, more-than-frequent diarrhea lately, despite my diligent intake of probiotics!  I wonder what the Lactobacillus content of this stuff is like?  Aw man...let's not even go there.
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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I learned the hard way that you have to be very careful with yogurts and IBS. I tried Activia for two weeks and had four major attacks. That is HIGHLY unlike me. I spoke with my doctor, who explained that sugars are two of the main ingredients and that that can really mess up your system. I was so sick. I switched to digestive advantage and have improved by leaps and bounds. The doc suggested looking for yogurts without sweetners. The more natural the better. Just sharing the info. Sleep well all.
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   Posted 8/18/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Mmmmm greek yoghurt!
It's so good with honey!

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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
The Greek yogurt doesn't have any added sugars, Scared, so if you aren't lactose intolerant, you should be okay with it. That was the think about regular yogurt that gets me--it's so exceedingly sour, it's impossible to eat plain. This Greek stuff isn't like that. I can't wait to get some for breakfast this week!

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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm getting some tonight, can't wait to try it. Will toss my 2 cents in after I try it!
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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Update: all they had was non-fat plain, so I got it. Brought it home and tasted - way smoother tasting (and texture) than my organic n-f plain yogurt and it has 5 different active cultures!!! I think I'm going to like this stuff. Thanks!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/21/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I got the 0% stuff at Harris Teeter last night because they were out of everything else. The guy stocking the shelves said they were having trouble getting it in (actually imported from Greece) and that it went back out as fast as it came in. I guess it's really popular!
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